I'd have to say that I've been asked to share this chocolaty layered her recipe more than any other in my collection. It's a longtime favorite of our three daughters. How many times we've all made these, I can't count. -- Esther Shank, Harrisonville, Virginia

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25 mins
20 mins
45 mins
36 servings


Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa; add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts if desired. Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over cake; return to oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a knife dipped in water, spread the melted marshmallows evenly over cake. Cool. For topping, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and well blended. Remove from heat; stir in cereal. Spread over bars immediately. Chill.


Nutrition Facts

206 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 23.8g; fat 11.9g; cholesterol 28.2mg; sodium 124mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (95)

Rating: 5 stars
I made these last weekend for our church. I have already had request for the recipe. Next time I will not try to spread the marshmallows, mine seemed to stick togather. They were just fine before I tryed to spread them. If you make sure that they are in a single layer and even all over I think it would work better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are GREAT!!! I took them to some friends and every one went nuts over them!! Try putting a little bit of butter on your knife and pat the marshmallows instead of trying to spread them. A sure hit!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
When my friend made these as part of my Christmas present, I thought they were some of the best bars I'd ever eaten! When I made them, however, they were pretty sub-par. I was so disappointed. It was tricky to get the bottom cake-layer just right, not underbaking, but not overbaking either, knowing that it was going to be put back in for an additional 2-3 minutes. I overbaked mine accidentally. I also had a hard time making the chocolate layer spread. No other reviewers mentioned it, so maybe it was just me. I think next time (and there definitely will be a next time!), I will add just a little milk to make it more spreadable. I LOVED the flavor and texture of these bars, so I will have to practice making them again. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just made these as a trial run for a Christmas cookie exchange and I loved them! I am definitely making these again! Spreading the marshmallows was a little bit challenging but the chocolate top layer covers them so the marshmallow layer doesn't have to look pretty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this slightly easier. I used a box brownie mix instead for the cake layer and baked as directed minus a couple minutes. While the brownie was cooling I took 40 big marshmallows and 3 tbs butter and melted in saucepan on low creating an more easily pourable liquid. I poured the melted marshmallows on the cooling brownies so there was no spreading problems. (this way the marshmallows dont need to go in the oven nor do you have sticky knife issues) I placed this double decker portion in the fridge to cool just a little while I made the chocolate peanut butter portion, then spread that on top and placed back in fridge and then cut into squares after cooled. I think next time I will use marshmellow cream spread over the top and bake that a couple minutes for a toasty middle. But good recipe and idea. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent Bars!! And if you are lazy like me you can substitute the cake layer with a boxed brownie mix. Both ways are absolutely delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Mmmm...these were so yummy. I'm not a big peanut butter fan, so I substituted Hershey's Cinnamon Chips and the smell was HEAVENLY. I love how the crispy top layer tasted with the mashmallow. I read reviews in advance and ended up patting down the melted marshmallows with a large spoon dipped in butter. I had no problems with that step. Like other reviewers, I too had a problem with the bottom layer. I used a smaller pan and baked it longer, but it tasted like undercooked dough. Also I found that the whole bar lost its shape easily if the room temperature was too warm, so I kept it refrigerated. I would make this again with a much wider pan. Overall it was delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are wonderful. It took me a while to find this recipe after tasting these at a party that was catered. I would eat the whole pan if I hadn't given them away. But everyone was so grateful for me doing so and they loved!!! them and said the couldn't stop thinking about them. Note: I did use marshmallow fluff since it's easier to spread and it turned out great and is still ooey gooey in the middle. ***Have now tried a brownie mix for the base and it's just as good and a little quicker to make.*** Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Pretty good, although the base was a little more cakey and not as chocolatey as I expected. I would recommend using a brownie base instead. The topping was fantastic! Read More